Make intelligent use of soil: Ueitele

The governor of the Omaheke region, Festus Ueitele called on farmers in the region to make intelligent use of the soil to maximise their profits and to ensure food security on a local and national scale.

In a statement availed to Nampa here on Tuesday, it was revealed that he was speaking at the Farmers Information Day in Gobabis last week.

Ueitele urged farmers to focus on sustainable, resource efficient and effective farming methods and to diversify their income streams during the current changing climatic environment.

We must reduce dependence on livestock farming and supplement it with charcoal and wood production, he added.

Ueitele further said that farmers could also look to venturing into value addition such as dairy production, agro-processing and retail to localise the production and commercialisation of these products and maximise their profits.

It was also contained in the statement that while speaking at the same occasion about sustainable solutions, Agribank Executive for Marketing and Customer Strategy, Regan Mwazi, said treasury allocations would not satisfy the needed incentives to mitigate the impact of current and future drought occurrences.

Let us think of long-term solutions and propose [them] to the government in order to assist farmers during difficult times, he was quoted.

In the statement, Mwazi explained that the Agribank had introduced drought relief interventions in the form of installment and arrears payment relief as well as new loans to help mitigate the impact of drought on the farmers.

He continued to assure farmers that the bank is prepared with a clear strategy and competent staff to play its part in ensuring the development and promotion of the agricultural sector, even in challenging times.

Source: Namibia Press Agency